Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

Written by Kevin

RecBoot is a completely free tool that allows you to remove yourself from recovery mode on a iPhone or iPod Touch.

I can’t tell you the countless times I have had my iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode when trying to experiment with it. Chances are if you deal with iOS firmware updates, downgrade, or a jailbreak, you have had the same thing happen to you. How can you tell if you’re stuck in recovery mode? Your phone will be frozen on the the classic USB to iTunes logo, and within iTunes you will receive the Recovery Mode detected message. If this is the case, use RecBoot to get you freed up.

RecBoot is available for Mac OS  X only and can be downloaded here.

Using RecBoot is extremely simple just…

  • Download and open it
  • Plug in your iPhone (or iPod Touch) to your computer
  • Then click on the ‘Exit Recovery’ button, DONE!

In addition to allowing you to break out of Recovery Mode, RecBoot will also allow you to enable Recovery if need be.

Also, if you’re looking for something similar for Windows try TinyUmbrella. It comes with a few others iPhone unlocking features but is not as simple as RecBoot.

About the author


Kevin is the Founder and Senior Editor of Tech Heavy. When he isn't writing about the latest tech tools he spends his days working in an IT department in Dubuque, IA. @kevincray


  • wow that is really simple! if only i had found this 2 hours earlier…. lol

  • Once iPhone 4S is in Recovery mode, you invariably have to Restore.

    Regarding your data recovery

    Google: “How to extract data from iPhone in recovery mode”. May land up on some utility. Free or paid

    Good Luck

    PS: Genius bar will not help you in personal data recovery in any manner.

    Moral: Always backup your data periodically.